The German Foreign Minister said that NSP2 does not comply with EU requirements

German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock reiterated statements that the suspension of the Nord Stream 2 certification process is caused by non-compliance of the gas pipeline with the EU requirements.

“Our federal government clearly stated in the coalition agreement that energy projects in Germany must comply with European requirements, which also applies to Nord Stream 2. But at the moment this is not the case, so the certification process is on hold,” she said in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, published Monday, Jan. 10.

According to Berbock, the issue of launching Nord Stream 2 is of geopolitical nature.

The minister confirmed that the current German government shares the approach stated in the joint declaration with the United States. According to it, “effective tough measures will be taken against Russia in case of Moscow’s using energy as a weapon or any aggressive actions in Ukraine.

At the same time, the head of the Foreign Ministry of Germany considers it necessary to provide all inhabitants of Europe, regardless of the level, with electricity and heating. Therefore, she considers it important to make the European energy industry independent.

On January 7, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in a telephone conversation discussed ways to counter threats allegedly coming from the Nord Stream-2 pipeline and a comprehensive “containment package for Russia.

On December 24, Das Erste television channel allowed that the issue of putting Nord Stream 2 into operation could split the coalition that formed the new German government. It was noted that there were disputes between the Greens, who are against Nord Stream-2, and the Social Democratic Party, which supports the project.

Later on, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Annalena Berbock stated that Nord Stream-2 plays a geostrategic role. At the same time, she stressed that for her, Nord Stream 2 is more than just a private economic project, as the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called it earlier.